N.K. Stouffer: The Legend of Rah and the Muggles

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When I say that this book was a terrible mess I know I m not adding anything new here By this point I think everyone who has heard of The Legend of Rah and the Muggles knows how awful it is What gets me though is how completely jumbled it isRemember folks nothing described in this eview is made up Chew on that as you eadThe story s natural progression is thus Description of nuclear warranting about politics and the UNvery awkward social commentarylearning how the titular Muggles were created from adiation in the prologue nuclear war in entirely different country and awkward fairy tale backstory as a widowed noblewoman gives birth to twins immediately starts flirting madly with the butler then sends the babies to sea to give them a better shot at life saccharine nonsensical one shot anecdotes about the babies being adopted by the muggles and being aised by them a Cain and Abel story as one of the brothers turns evil for no eason tries to kidnapkill the other and ends up banished to an islandIf that makes no sense to you that s about how logical it is in the book Stouffer just has things happen and doesn t think of what kind of story she wants to tell A post apocalyptic story with modern day or modern day seeing as it s stuck in the 80s or so commentary A Regency esue omance A changeling fantasy tale A story of good and evil between two brothers She can t decide and she doesn t layer what she has in any way that makes sense She just jumps from one to the other as she pleasesCharacterwise everyone was bland as toast Names were thrown around in an attempt to pretend there was a wide developed cast and there s a glossary in the back of the book with them all because apparently Stouffer thinks much is lost by forgetting the names of muggles or servants who only show up one time Everyone who shows up before the muggles with the exception of the brothers is completely irrelevant As for the muggles themselves they e badly handled cartoonish characters who have one uirk apiece one s amusingly hard of hearing One s the kindly grandmother Two are children who always hold hands Etc and so forthAnd then there are the brothers themselves Rah and Zyn are their names which are apparently the muggle words for sun and flower espectively They e also the protagonists of the story so to speak and get something close to character development Unfortunately neither are particularly enjoyable as charactersRah is supposed to be the good brother shiny clean ule abiding humble helpful well loved industrious well groomed someone please stop me I m going to gag It s INCREDIBLY obvious that Stouffer is trying to use him as a moral template for children to learn off of but the book s so incredibly preachy about it that I just found myself disliking him He isn t witty he isn t charming he isn t funny and he eally doesn t have any traits beyond being the dull Good Kid I couldn t stand him because he ead like a PSA example than an actual person who s fun to hang around with Stouffer tried to add some emotional complexity when he becomes overwhelmed by alleged feelings of sorrow over his brother turning evil on that in a minute and sobs while wishing his mother was there but considering how out of left field it is and how his mom hadn t been around since about two chapters in it doesn t do anything besides make him look ather wimpyThen there s Zyn Oh god Zyn Of all the characters he s the only one I felt any pity for And that s because despite or because of Stouffer doing her damndest to make him the Bad Kid I just saw no one giving him a break and him being dumped on by his author We see him start to get jealous of Rah s favoritism when they e kids and we do get a couple of halfway emotional scenes him being genuinely afraid when Rah has an allergic eaction and his adopted grandmother giving him a worry stone to assure him he s loved Unfortunately the whole Cain and Abel story kicks off and any complexity his character may have had goes out the window All we e told is how Zyn is ugly and ude and nasty and mean and don t we all just HATE him He and his followers are horribly poisoned by a adioactive tree they live in yes eally and end up stranded on an island It s incredibly easy to ead his extreme actions later as him being incredibly sick and unstable from those things happening to him but the idea of circumstances leaving him at all deserving of sympathy is completely ignored Even his supposedly compassionate brother does nothing but wring his hands and cry when Zyn tries to leave not actually trying to talk things over with him or anythingAnd that leads to the main issue of the characters and the book in general eally What little we get is generally very very unpleasant The muggles are unhelpful and useless While Zyn is having an emotional breakdown and suffers an inferiority complex towards Rah only one of them actually does ANYTHING to try to eassure him All the other muggles do nothing but gather around Rah and say how great he is and basically feed Zyn s belief that yes Rah is the favorite of the two Zyn bullies and abuses a group of muggle children into working for him and despite the text clearly stating that they were forced into it and abused until they snapped. In another land far from the shoreline of Aura war was aging and Lady Catherine launched a aft with precious cargo.

None of the other muggles seem to care They whine about the trouble being caused but they don t try to each out and get their family backAnd the unpleasantness isn t limited to the Cain and Abel story at the end The book begins with horrible descriptions of two nuclear wars but they e just forgotten about Muggles the cute little things they are were created when the have nots of society Stouffers words not mine were mutated by generations of exposure to adiation The twins mother is sobbing over news of her husband s death one minute and then practically jumping the butler the next Nobody is particularly likeable or sympathetic Reading some parts actually made me feel very uncomfortableAnd I think this all goes back to Nancy Stouffer and how she went about writing this It is my belief that Stouffer is one of those folks who believes that anyone can cobble together a children s book Certainly the uality of hers is slapdash a hardly edited jumbled mess It feels like she threw a bunch of things together thinking that children will accept anything if it s shiny enough I guess it s possible she felt she put her heart and soul into this and that her work eally is that special but that doesn t change the fact that she didn t plan this out at all She didn t figure out what kind of story she wanted and that s why there are countless eviews pointing out how ushed and nonsensical this book is to say nothing of fairy tale tropes like the talking animals or magic sun which COULD have been handwaved with better writing Finally I should bring up the plagiarism controversy Everyone and their mother has pointed out how baseless it is and that s true Not only do Stouffer s points of similarity focus only on superficial details one thing she argues is that both books have a castle with a Great Hallreceiving area Because that s daming but some of her points don t even come up in The Legend of Rah Larry Potter and Lilly for example are from an entirely different line of children s books she s written and have nothing at all to do with magic or England or Harry Potter I also suspect that she s arguing plagiarism based on books she hasn t writtenpublisheddid publish but got a very limited elease but I m not sure on thatRegardless the Legend of Rah and the Muggles is a Thing and a very bad one If you e very interested in it and want to see for yourself give it a look if you have the chance But don t go out of your way to find it This book has taken up too much of our time as it is Read out of curiosity Unfortunately 1 star is the minimum ating there should be a negative infinity ating I ead this book when I was ten and it was one of the worst things I ve ever held in my hands The plot was nonsensical the characters cardboard the good vs evil too clearly drawn and I was so bored Do not ever ead this book This book is so badly written I would only ecommend it as an example of how NOT to write It is good for a few laughs though and both boosts your confidence in your own writing skills and makes you want to curl up and cry over the fact that shit like this actual gets published The Legend of Rah and the Mugglesby NK StoufferThurman House 267 pages plus 12 pages colour illustrationshardback 2001 eissue of a book originally published in 1984By all ights this eview should be littered with instancesof the letters TM in superscript just as is the front cover of The Legend of Rah and the Muggles for Nancy Stouffer isthe author who has created minor shockwaves in the book trade bypointing out that the name Muggles used by JK Rowling in her Harry Potter series was previously used by Stouffer whois also the author of a pre existing series of books for the veryyoung based on the character Larry Potter Moreover Stouffer sillustrations of Larry Potter bear a very considerableresemblance to the depictions of Harry Potter on the covers ofthe Rowling books The esponse of the book trade to Stouffer sobjections in the USA at least has been a courageous unofficialboycott of Stouffer s books and a stolid silence on the wholematter nothing must threaten the Harry Potter cash cowLeaving the LarryHarry Potter dispute aside the Muggles ofthis book bear no esemblance beyond the name to Rowling sInstead they are the mutant descendants bald huge headed small childish of the people left behind in theisland nation of Aura many generations ago when the wealthydeserted it and them in the wake of a nuclear war Since thattime Aura has been covered with a purple haze through whichsunlight can barely trickle but moonlight paradoxically canpass undimmedAll this changes with the arrival on the shore of Aura of twobaby twin brothers aboard a makeshift aft they were cast adriftby their mother as per Superman by his parents during thedestruction of the planet Krypton when she saw that her owncountry was plunging into an all destroying war Aboard the aftalong with the twins is a magical illuminating stone whichbrings sunlight back to AuraThe two brothers Rah and Zyn are nurtured by the MugglesAlthough identical in every espect to begin with theirpersonalities come to differ adically Rah grows up good andwise while Zyn grows up nasty and spiteful The dispute betweenthem is chronicled in the Muggles Aboard her two infant sons She wrapped the boys in oyal blankets and uilts and packed a jewel box filled with brig.

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Ngoing Ancient Book ofTales upon whose account the current volume is purportedlybasedIllustrated with a central clutch of Stouffer s own atherjolly colour illustrations The Legend of Rah and theMuggles is a much shorter book than the page count abovemight suggest the type is extremely large and the page marginslikewise It is also a very badly published book clearlyThurman House does not believe in uaint customs like editingcopy editing and proofreading I liked the idea of a bright starshinning in the sky and especially approved of the termdinning oom The text eads as if it s a somewhat inaccuratetranscript of an oral presentation complete with shifts of tensebetween past and present and countless typographical andgrammatical errors a few spelling errors tooFurther this being a fantasy for young children someoneshould have pointed out to Stouffer the meaning of the wordbugger which she uses freuently and clearly egards asinnocuousDelivered as an oral presentation for children this talewhich comes complete with songs the music for one of which issupplied at the back would one imagines be tremendous fun itis easy to envisage a youthful audience falling around withlaughter at some of the jokes for example while the amshacklenature of the plot wouldn t be evident or at least itwouldn t be important in a spoken necessarily episodictelling As a printed novel the text doesn t work nearly so well most of the jokes just eferred to fall flat when endered intype In their place are moments of humour that are certainly notdeliberate such as the Monty Pythonesue legend drawn from The Ancient Book of Tales about The Year of the RabbitsAnd so it was that the abbits with protruding teeth losttheir gentleness and avaged the continent Likewise some of the early scenes set in the castle wherethe noble Lady Catherine decides the only hope for her twinbabies is to consign them to the mercy of the seas aboard a aftsmack considerably of Daisy Ashford s The Young Visitors1919 Lady Catherine although heartbroken over the death ofher beloved husband Sir Geophrey sic neverthelessimmediately starts flirting audaciously with her butler with astrong suggestion that onstage flirting is likely to be matchedby offstage naughtiness Real Soon Now if it hasn t startedalreadySir there is no woman in this oom that wouldn t tradedance partners with me ight now I m not about to give them thechance If that makes me wicked so be it she said with apoor attempt at a Shakespearean delivery and they both laughedStouffer has not fully ealized her fantasy world Aside fromthe curiosity already mentioned of moonlight being able topenetrate where sunlight cannot there are items such as theMuggles managing to grow fruit and vegetables in a sunless landIn the same context the traditional Muggle songs make eferenceto such events as dawn which the Muggles could not haveexperienced before the arrival of the twins also mentioned in asong is the star that s shinning bright even though the veryexistence of stars brightly shinning or otherwise must beunknown to the Muggles There are countless other such lapsesNevertheless Stouffer s achievement in conceiving thefantasy shouldn t be underestimated Although The Legend ofRah and the Muggles doesn t bear up well in any comparisonwith Tove Jansson s Moomins series of which it is in someways eminiscent it has its excellent moments I was much takenfor example with the Greeblies creatures amply worthy ofinclusion and this is high praise indeed in theecology of Rene Laloux s animated movie Fantastic Planet La plan te sauvage 1973Greeblies are fat atlike odents that live in Sticky IckySwamp and often hide beneath boulders They are nocturnal littlepests with faces that esemble abbits and their large oundears curl slightly forward at the top Their bodies are coveredwith gray coarse hair with black tips that look like they weredipped in inkGreeblies have short legs but they can jump five feet in theair from a sitting position Their long coiled tails are used touickly grab and snatch anything of interest to them beforebeing seenThey have been known to grab hold of Muggle legs from behindand drag them frantically for yards and yards before lettingthem go Most often their goal is to steal food or aid thegarbageOnly two things frighten Greeblies sand dogs called Nardlesand getting caught in a trap set by the Muggles who would than likely use them as dinner for their pet NardlesNardles live in burrows along the shoreline and Greeblieswon t go near them Even though the Greeblies are difficult tosee the Nardles can smell them a mile awayIt is at times like this when Stouffer s imagination justsuddenly lifts off the ground and carries her to who knows wherethat The Legend of Rah and the Muggles is at its bestGiven a thorough edit this book could be much ecommended as itstands however the best that can be said is that The Legendof Rah and the Muggles is worth picking up primarily for itscuriosity value and of course for its occasional deliciousflights of fancyThis eview first published by Infinity Plus isexcerpted from my ebook Warm Words and Otherwise A Blizzardof Book Reviews to be published on September 19 by InfinityPlus Ebooks Really poorly written nonsense story. 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Nancy Stouffer is an American author of children's books and coloring booksShe unsuccessfully tried to sue Harry Potter creator JK Rowling over alleged plagiarism of her Larry Potter character and started to market her material under the name NK Stouffer A judge eventually fined Stouffer 50000 for lying to the court and doctored evidence